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Manisha: A Proud Shero!

Two years ago, 10-year-old Manisha Kumari’s eyes did not twinkle with excitement. Born into a poor family in village Rikhiya in Mohanpur block of Deoghar district, Jharkhand, Manisha was once an out-of-school child. At that time, most part of her day was spent helping her mother, a domestic help, and in running errands. Today, Manisha is studying in Class V in Middle School, Rikhiya.

Manisha’s journey back into school started when Rinki Kumari, an Education Volunteer (EV) working with Bharti Foundation, approached Manisha’s parents and counselled them to send her to school. Shortly thereafter, following Rinki’s encouragement, Manisha joined the Bharti Foundation led Satya Bharti Learning Centre, thereby getting on to a track which was meant to be a turning point in her life.

Enthusiastically narrating the transformation that her life saw on joining back school, Manisha says, “The polite attitude of the EV, the Teaching-Learning Material, games and activities, and the vibrant class-rooms completely changed my perception of schooling. I started making new friends. All this together ensured a fun-filled schooling experience for me. In due course, I started learning the English and Hindi alphabets, as well as basic Mathematics.

Even today, Manisha is supporting her parents, but in a different way! Today, she stands proudly in the courtyard of her mud-house confidently reading out all the letters that her father receives. She helps him to maintain family accounts and also reads out the daily news to her family members. She is a confident girl today, doing well in academics and also winning prizes in extra-curricular activities such as sports, drawing, singing etc.

I have now come to realize the importance of education. I aim to get into police services when I grow up. I thank Bharti foundation for helping me become what I am today,” says a happy, hopeful Manisha. And her father – today, he is a happy man too, smiling each time his daughter shows him the paintings she makes at school. And what makes him happier – attending Parent-Teacher Meetings, an experience that is as new as it is enlightening for him. Moved by her transformation, he has pledged to provide continued education to all his children.

Bharti Foundation’s Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program is a remedial/bridge courses program with an aim of bridging the education gap of out-of-school children and mainstreaming them into regular schools.